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Do you feel that extremely attractive women sometimes have their looks work against them? Not just in the case of that dentist who was allowed to fire his assistant because she was extremely good looking, but even in regard to professions where people are supposed to be attractive. Professions like, say, acting.

I suppose whether or not you do, actresses sometimes feel that way, as evidenced by people like Nicole Kidman or Charlize Theron adopting less attractive guises for more serious roles. I’ve kind of accepted that this was a part of Hollywood for a while. But I did not think that it also applied to men!

Guess I should have paid more attention to them, too.

There’s speculation that Jon Hamm won’t win an Emmy for Mad Men because he is “too sexy.”

The New York Post claims that:

Hamm, 42, is the latest victim of a pattern of handsome leading men getting snubbed by the Emmys.

George Clooney, nominated two times for his role on “ER,” lost to the avuncular Mandy Patinkin of “Chicago Hope” in 1995, and to bald Dennis Franz of “NYPD Blue” in 1996. Rob Lowe, nominated for “The West Wing” in 2001, was bested by a hefty James Gandolfini of “The Sopranos.” David Duchovny, nominated twice for “The X Files,” was beaten by Franz in 1997 and in 1998 by Andre Braugher for “Homicide: Life on the Street,” in a role that never smouldered.

You know, George Clooney was really good in E.R. That is legitimately surprising. Though I suppose their explanation that if you are a famous handsome actor you already have everything, and the other less attractive men want to give the little guys a perk makes sense. It just doesn’t make sense in a “the universe rewards people based on merit” kind of way.

But I really think Jon Hamm will be okay.

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